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F.C. School Board Adds Half a ‘Step’ Salary Hike & Bonuses in Its Request

Adopting its formal request for funds from the City of Falls Church by a 6-1 vote tonight, the Falls Church School Board maintained the same zero-growth bottom line number as recommended by Superintendent Dr. Lois Berlin last month, but found a way to add a half-“step” salary increase and “retention bonuses” for its teachers and staff.

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THOMAS JEFFERSON Elementary School students provided entertainment for the Falls Church School Board at the opening of its meeting tonight, under the direction of the school’s Music Department head Marie Harbison. (Photo: News-Press).

Adopting its formal request for funds from the City of Falls Church by a 6-1 vote tonight, the Falls Church School Board maintained the same zero-growth bottom line number as recommended by Superintendent Dr. Lois Berlin last month, but found a way to add a half-“step” salary increase and “retention bonuses” for its teachers and staff

The budget request is $3,600 less than the School Board received from the City last year. The board was in strong support of the budget numbers reached, with the exception of veteran Board member Kieran Sharpe, whose substitute motion to implement a full, instead of a half, “step” won no support from his colleagues. School Board chair Joan Wodiska announced at the conclusion of the meeting tonight that a meeting of all school staff in the City has been called for 4 p.m. at the auditorium of George Mason High School Wednesday afternoon to explain the budget and elicit active support among staff members for its adoption by the City Council, which has until the end of April to make its final funding decisions.

 

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